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(June 20-25, 2006)

Kazuyoshi Yura

"Farm Tomita"

Fung Yu

Sonya's Secret Garden

Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite City, Philippines

June 23, 2006

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Tucked in the gentle rolling hills of Tagaytay City (a place known for it's cool mountain air, sweet pineapples, and delicious coconut pies), Sonya's Garden beckons to those who knew the secret.

Stories were told in awe and delight about a flower garden planted in “organized chaos” yet soothingly pleasing to the eye, as if choreographed with artistic perfection. And then there is the simple yet incredibly filling country cuisine with fresh and organically grown ingredients from the garden, served in fine tableware that complements the idyllic setting. Then there is Sonya herself with her memories of growing up in her grandmother’s country garden in the Philippines, her life as an expat in Europe and the US, and her dreams of carving out a place in the country where she can live her philosophy on “the art of doing nothing”.

From the time it was opened to the public, Sonya’s has been host to a bevy of visitors; the tourist from a far off land who looks beyond the beaten path; the balikbayan looking for a familiar sketch of a memory of home; burned-out city-dwellers seeking respite from the din of the city; and practically anybody who is looking for something different yet strangely familiar. Of course, as a wonderful haven of romance, love blooms in Sonya’s garden like flowers of an eternal spring. Many romantics have found it to be a popular spot to disarm, to court and to propose. Some have even returned to say, “I do.” And with that, Sonya’s Secret Garden earned the reputation of being the worst kept secret in Manila.
Sonya's Secret Garden website at: http://www.sonyasgarden.com

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